Stitch Modern 2016: Part 2

Here is have the second half of the quilts from the 5th annual Stitch Modern show put on by the East Bay Modern Quilters. Though my photos leave something to be desired, The Piedmont Center for the Arts is a beautiful place to see the quilts in person.

Enjoy!

Untitled by Norma Mason

Untitled by Norma Mason

Untitled by Norma Mason

Untitled by Norma Mason

Quilt for Lily V by Terri Carpenter

Quilt for Lily V by Terri Carpenter

Quilt for Lily V by Terri Carpenter

Quilt for Lily V by Terri Carpenter

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

Pink X by Stacey Sharman

Pink X by Stacey Sharman

Pink X by Stacey Sharman

Pink X by Stacey Sharman

Sampler Quilt I by Kristen Takakuwa

Sampler Quilt I by Kristen Takakuwa

Sampler Quilt I by Kristen Takakuwa

Sampler Quilt I by Kristen Takakuwa

Shattered Heartburst by Lacy Asbill

Shattered Heartburst by Lacy Asbill

Shattered Heartburst by Lacy Asbill

Shattered Heartburst by Lacy Asbill

Double Wedding Ring Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Double Wedding Ring Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Double Wedding Ring Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Double Wedding Ring Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Indian Masala by Linda Hlady

Indian Masala by Linda Hlady

Indian Masala by Linda Hlady

Indian Masala by Linda Hlady

Luna Mountains by Claire Sherman

Luna Mountains by Claire Sherman

Luna Mountains by Claire Sherman

Luna Mountains by Claire Sherman

Windmills of My Mind and My Time by Birgit Hottenrott

Windmills of My Mind and My Time by Birgit Hottenrott

Windmills of My Mind and My Time by Birgit Hottenrott

Windmills of My Mind and My Time by Birgit Hottenrott

 

 

Twice Tied by Kim Andersson, Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Twice Tied by Kim Andersson, Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Twice Tied by Kim Andersson, Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Twice Tied by Kim Andersson, Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Stacked Coins - I Ching by Michelle Wyman

Stacked Coins – I Ching by Michelle Wyman

Stacked Coins - I Ching by Michelle Wyman

Stacked Coins – I Ching by Michelle Wyman

U+1F4BE U+1F355, or Disk Cactus Emoji by Liz Alexander

U+1F4BE U+1F355, or Disk Cactus Emoji by Liz Alexander

U+1F4BE U+1F355, or Disk Cactus Emoji by Liz Alexander

U+1F4BE U+1F355, or Disk Cactus Emoji by Liz Alexander

Wonky Stars by Cathy Roha

Wonky Stars by Cathy Roha

Wonky Stars by Cathy Roha

Wonky Stars by Cathy Roha

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

 

 

Improv Squares by Cathy Roha

Improv Squares by Cathy Roha

Improv Squares by Cathy Roha

Improv Squares by Cathy Roha

Hifi by Kathy Grady

Hifi by Kathy Grady

 

Bits and Pieces by Stacey Sharman

Bits and Pieces by Stacey Sharman

Untitled by Linda Hlady

Untitled by Linda Hlady

Microcosm, round robin quilt pieced by Carol Van Zandt, Kim Buteau, Fern Royce, Kristen Hosemann, Terri Carpenter; quilted by Terri Carpenter

Microcosm, round robin quilt pieced by Carol Van Zandt, Kim Buteau, Fern Royce, Kristen Hosemann, Terri Carpenter; quilted by Terri Carpenter (thequiltedfox.com)

Microcosm, round robin quilt pieced by Carol Van Zandt, Kim Buteau, Fern Royce, Kristen Hosemann, Terri Carpenter; quilted by Terri Carpenter

Microcosm, round robin quilt pieced by Carol Van Zandt, Kim Buteau, Fern Royce, Kristen Hosemann, Terri Carpenter; quilted by Terri Carpenter (thequiltedfox.com)

Sedimentation by Anna Carloni

Sedimentation by Anna Carloni

Sedimentation by Anna Carloni

Sedimentation by Anna Carloni

Playing With Color by Patricia Smith

Playing With Color by Patricia Smith

Playing With Color by Patricia Smith

Playing With Color by Patricia Smith

Stitch Modern 2016: Part 1

Finally we have the coverage of the 5th annual Stitch Modern exhibit at the Piedmont Center of the Arts. An uncurated group show by members of the East Bay Modern Quilters, the 4 week long exhibition also had a number of events and special guest speakers and teachers we will be spotlighting after we get through all the quilts.  Here is the first batch.

Enjoy!

Window: Embers by Darci Read

Window: Embers by Darci Read

Window: Embers by Darci Read

Window: Embers by Darci Read

Challenge #1 by Inta Faulk

Challenge #1 by Inta Faulk

Challenge #1 by Inta Faulk

Challenge #1 by Inta Faulk

Geezer Quilt #4: Big Fish, Small Pond by Sue Mary Fox

Geezer Quilt #4: Big Fish, Small Pond by Sue Mary Fox

Geezer Quilt #4: Big Fish, Small Pond by Sue Mary Fox

Geezer Quilt #4: Big Fish, Small Pond by Sue Mary Fox

Improv in Yellow by Lynn Crook

Improv in Yellow by Lynn Crook

Improv in Yellow by Lynn Crook

Improv in Yellow by Lynn Crook

Give Me Liberty by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

Give Me Liberty by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

Give Me Liberty by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

Give Me Liberty by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

Handcrafted Round Robin, pieced by Rita Nguyen, Anna Carloni, Terri Carpenter, Birgit Hottenrott, and Kristen Takakuwa, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Handcrafted Round Robin, pieced by Rita Nguyen, Anna Carloni, Terri Carpenter, Birgit Hottenrott, and Kristen Takakuwa, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Handcrafted Round Robin, pieced by Rita Nguyen, Anna Carloni, Terri Carpenter, Birgit Hottenrott, and Kristen Takakuwa, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Handcrafted Round Robin, pieced by Rita Nguyen, Anna Carloni, Terri Carpenter, Birgit Hottenrott, and Kristen Takakuwa, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Beehive by Dan Rouse

Beehive by Dan Rouse

Beehive by Dan Rouse

Beehive by Dan Rouse

Black/White plus Red by Julia Vitero

Black/White plus Red by Julia Vitero

Homeland by Chancy Fessler

Homeland by Chancy Fessler

Medallion Small Study by Fern Royce

Medallion Small Study by Fern Royce

Milk in my Coffee by Fern Royce

Milk in my Coffee by Fern Royce

Milk in my Coffee by Fern Royce

Milk in my Coffee by Fern Royce

Refractions by Chancy Fessler

Refractions by Chancy Fessler

Vest-atude by Dolores Vitero Presley

Vest-atude by Dolores Vitero Presley

Tree Everlasting Stripper by Ryan Young

Tree Everlasting Stripper by Ryan Young

Tree Everlasting Stripper by Ryan Young

Tree Everlasting Stripper by Ryan Young

Sunset Strip by Carol Ziogas

Sunset Strip by Carol Ziogas

Small Study in Orange by Fern Royce

Small Study in Orange by Fern Royce

She is One Who Knows Her Way Around Velvet by Amelia Terry

She is One Who Knows Her Way Around Velvet by Amelia Terry

She is One Who Knows Her Way Around Velvet by Amelia Terry

She is One Who Knows Her Way Around Velvet by Amelia Terry

Black Lives Matter by Elizabeth Jerde

Black Lives Matter by Elizabeth Jerde

Black Lives Matter by Elizabeth Jerde

Black Lives Matter by Elizabeth Jerde

Convergence by Carol Van Zandt, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Convergence by Carol Van Zandt, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Convergence by Carol Van Zandt, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Convergence by Carol Van Zandt, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Deconstruction by Pam Rocco, quilted by Karen Foster

Deconstruction by Pam Rocco, quilted by Karen Foster

Deconstruction by Pam Rocco, quilted by Karen Foster

Deconstruction by Pam Rocco, quilted by Karen Foster

Ellie's Quilt, pieced by Mary Risard Burnett, quilted by Kathy Ritter

Ellie’s Quilt, pieced by Mary Risard Burnett, quilted by Kathy Ritter

Ellie's Quilt, pieced by Mary Risard Burnett, quilted by Kathy Ritter

Ellie’s Quilt, pieced by Mary Risard Burnett, quilted by Kathy Ritter

Just Sew by Margaret Glendening

Just Sew by Margaret Glendening

Just Sew by Margaret Glendening

Just Sew by Margaret Glendening

Peaks and Valleys by Michelle Wyman

Peaks and Valleys by Michelle Wyman

Peaks and Valleys by Michelle Wyman

Peaks and Valleys by Michelle Wyman

Stitch Modern 2015

Finally we get to the Stitch Modern 2015 exhibition, the 4th annual show of the East Bay Modern Quilters. A non-juried exhibition, members of the group all submit a quilt if they like and we end up getting at least 1 up on the wall from anyone who brings them.

I must also mention that we have awesome events that go with this show every year.  This year we had:
• A lively lecture from Joe Cunningham, titled “Biased and Edgy: My Career in Quilts
• A workshop with Kathryn Clark: ‘Modern Quilts with a Message: Designing Quilt Blocks for Today’s Stories.
• A Stitch Up event–An afternoon of sewing in memory of Deanna Davis
• The now annual Family and Community Activity Day, including quilting demos
• The best opening party yet!

Oh, and many many thanks to Joel Ignacio, of Joey’s Planting, for letting me use many of his photographs here. An amazing quilter, gardener, graphic designer, AND photographer, he takes the photos for our social media pages. (I had a major fail with half of my photographs the day I took them. Thank you for the rescue Joel!)

The exhibition takes place at the Piedmont Center for the Arts and plans are underfoot for next year so stay tuned for that. Let’s take a look at the wide variety and wonderful quilts in this year’s show:

Untied by Kristen Hosemann, quilted by Sue Fox

Untied by Kristen Hosemann, quilted by Sue Fox

Untied by Kristen Hosemann, quilted by Sue Fox

Untied by Kristen Hosemann, quilted by Sue Fox

I Spy the Alphabet by Terri Carpenter

I Spy the Alphabet by Terri Carpenter

I Spy the Alphabet by Terri Carpenter

I Spy the Alphabet by Terri Carpenter

Northwest by Stacey Sharman, of Peppermint Pinwheels

Northwest by Stacey Sharman, of Peppermint Pinwheels

Northwest by Stacey Sharman, of Peppermint Pinwheels

Northwest by Stacey Sharman, of Peppermint Pinwheels

Joyful by Darci Read

Joyful by Darci Read

Joyful by Darci Read

Joyful by Darci Read

Every Picture Tells a Story by Margaret Glendening

Every Picture Tells a Story by Margaret Glendening

Every Picture Tells a Story by Margaret Glendening

Every Picture Tells a Story by Margaret Glendening

Water's Edge by Andre Morand

Water’s Edge by Andre Morand

Water's Edge by Andre Morand

Water’s Edge by Andre Morand

Wavelengths by Lauren Hungler

Wavelengths by Lauren Hungler

Wavelengths by Lauren Hungler

Wavelengths by Lauren Hungler

Ladder by Linda Hlady

Ladder by Linda Hlady

Ladder by Linda Hlady

Ladder by Linda Hlady

What I had by Kim Andersson, quilted by Terri Carpenter

What I had by Kim Andersson, quilted by Terri Carpenter

What I had by Kim Andersson, quilted by Terri Carpenter

What I had by Kim Andersson, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Midway by Anna Carloni

Midway by Anna Carloni

Midway by Anna Carloni

Midway by Anna Carloni

The Big Wasabi by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

The Big Wasabi by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

The Big Wasabi by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

The Big Wasabi by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

Amish Inspired Bars by Kristen Takakuwa

Amish Inspired Bars by Kristen Takakuwa

Amish Inspired Bars by Kristen Takakuwa

Amish Inspired Bars by Kristen Takakuwa

Pop Pendants by Ann Haley

Pop Pendants by Ann Haley

Pop Pendants by Ann Haley

Pop Pendants by Ann Haley

Faults by Susan Paulukonis

Faults by Susan Paulukonis

Orange is The New Purple by Claire Sherman

Orange is The New Purple by Claire Sherman

Orange is The New Purple by Claire Sherman

Orange is The New Purple by Claire Sherman

Starry Fox by Birgit Hottentrott, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Starry Fox by Birgit Hottentrott, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Starry Fox by Birgit Hottentrott, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Starry Fox by Birgit Hottentrott, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Justine's Starbright Quilt by Adrienne St. John

Justine’s Starbright Quilt by Adrienne St. John

Justine's Starbright Quilt by Adrienne St. John

Justine’s Starbright Quilt by Adrienne St. John

Half-Square Triangles by Tara Faughnan

Half-Square Triangles by Tara Faughnan

Half-Square Triangles by Tara Faughnan

Half-Square Triangles by Tara Faughnan

Make Do by Kathy Grady.

Make Do by Kathy Grady.

Make Do by Kathy Grady.

Make Do by Kathy Grady.

Untitled by Patricia Smith

Untitled by Patricia Smith

Untitled by Patricia Smith

Untitled by Patricia Smith

Crossroads "15" by Sue Mary Fox

Crossroads “15” by Sue Mary Fox

 

Crossroads "15" by Sue Mary Fox

Crossroads “15” by Sue Mary Fox

Sun Shine by Sharona Fischrup, quilted by New Pieces Quilt Shop Sun Shine by Sharona Fischrup, quilted by New Pieces Quilt Shop

Sun Shine by Sharona Fischrup, quilted by New Pieces Quilt Shop

Sun Shine by Sharona Fischrup, quilted by New Pieces Quilt Shop

Sun Shine by Sharona Fischrup, quilted by New Pieces Quilt Shop

Happy Medallion Quilt by Rita Nguyen. Quilted by Natalia Bonner.

Happy Medallion Quilt by Rita Nguyen. Quilted by Natalia Bonner.

Happy Medallion Quilt by Rita Nguyen. Quilted by Natalia Bonner.

Happy Medallion Quilt by Rita Nguyen. Quilted by Natalia Bonner.

Rose and Shine! by Carol Van Zandt

Rose and Shine! by Carol Van Zandt

Rose and Shine! by Carol Van Zandt

Rose and Shine! by Carol Van Zandt

Moonshadows Pillow Covers by Ann Haley, made by Maryann Majorana and Pauline O'Connell, using Moonshadows fabric by Kim Schafer

Moonshadows Pillow Covers by Ann Haley, made by Maryann Majorana and Pauline O’Connell, using Moonshadows fabric by Kim Schafer

Moonshadows Pillow Covers by Ann Haley, made by Maryann Majorana and Pauline O'Connell, using Moonshadows fabric by Kim Schafer

Moonshadows Pillow Covers by Ann Haley, made by Maryann Majorana and Pauline O’Connell, using Moonshadows fabric by Kim Schafer

Hand Dyes Pillow Covers by Ann Haley, made by Maryann Majorana and Pauline O'Connell, using Hand Dyes fabric by Kim Schafer

Hand Dyes Pillow Covers by Ann Haley, made by Maryann Majorana and Pauline O’Connell, using Hand Dyes fabric by Kim Schafer

Biased Opinion by Pati Fried

Biased Opinion by Pati Fried

Sherbert Sunrise by Valerie Gibbins with Chancy Fessler, Terri carpenter, Anna Carlini. Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Sherbert Sunrise by Valerie Gibbins with Chancy Fessler, Terri carpenter, Anna Carloni. Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Sherbert Sunrise by Valerie Gibbins with Chancy Fessler, Terri carpenter, Anna Carlini. Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Sherbert Sunrise by Valerie Gibbins with Chancy Fessler, Terri carpenter, Anna Carloni. Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Carousel by Anna Carloni with Terri Carpenter, Chancy Fessler, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

Carousel by Anna Carloni with Terri Carpenter, Chancy Fessler, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

Carousel by Anna Carloni with Terri Carpenter, Chancy Fessler, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

Carousel by Anna Carloni with Terri Carpenter, Chancy Fessler, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

Paint by Improv by Chancy Fessler with Terri Carpenter, Anna Carloni, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Chancy Fessler.

Paint by Improv by Chancy Fessler with Terri Carpenter, Anna Carloni, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Chancy Fessler.

Paint by Improv by Chancy Fessler with Terri Carpenter, Anna Carloni, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Chancy Fessler.

Paint by Improv by Chancy Fessler with Terri Carpenter, Anna Carloni, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Chancy Fessler.

The Neighborhood by Terri Carpenter with Calerie Gibbons, Chancy Fessler, Anna Carloni. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

The Neighborhood by Terri Carpenter with Calerie Gibbons, Chancy Fessler, Anna Carloni. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

The Neighborhood by Terri Carpenter with Calerie Gibbons, Chancy Fessler, Anna Carloni. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

The Neighborhood by Terri Carpenter with Calerie Gibbons, Chancy Fessler, Anna Carloni. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Terri Carpenter

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Terri Carpenter

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Stacey Sharman

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Stacey Sharman

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Terri Carpenter

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Terri Carpenter

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Kristen Takakuwa

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Kristen Takakuwa

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Margaret Glendenning

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Margaret Glendenning

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Chancy Fessler

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Chancy Fessler

Stitch Modern 2015

We will be continuing our coverage of the quilts from QuiltCon 2015, but first I have to share with you about this year’s Stitch Modern show for those in the area:

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Stitch Modern 2015 Piedmont Center for the Arts

 

The East Bay Modern Quilters are proud to present Stitch Modern 2015, our 4th annual quilt show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.  As a group, East Bay Modern focuses on modern design and personal expression through quilting. As a non-juried show, there are no hard rules – this is quilting our own way, whether it’s with the latest fabrics and traditional patterns, or free piecing with no pattern at all!

We hope you will join us!  Click the links below to find out more about our exciting events.

March 27th – April 25th
Piedmont Center of the Arts 
801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA.
Gallery Hours: 12pm-3pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. (The gallery will be closed on Easter, April 5th.)

March 27th: 6pm-9pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Opening Reception – Join the artists for an evening of fun, food, and celebration. There will be a book signing with Sherri Lynn Wood presenting her new book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters Signed books by Roderick Kiracofe and Eli Leon will also be available.

April 12th: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Stitch Up – An afternoon of sewing in memory of Deanna Davis Come and celebrate the life and passion of our friend, Deanna, by helping to make quilts for her favorite charity, The Children’s Quilt Project.  Fabric kits will be provided, just bring your sewing machine or bring your own fabric donation. People new to sewing are welcome! 

April 16th: 7pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts 
Lecture: Biased and Edgy: My Career in Quilts, a lecture by Joe Cunningham $10 collected at the door, doors open at 6:30pm

April 18th: 10am-4pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts 
Workshop: Modern quilts with a message: Designing quilt blocks for today’s stories with Kathryn Clark. $85 (registration required)

April 19th: 12:30pm-5pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Family and Community Activity Day – includes quilting demos

Quilts clockwise from top left: Tara Faughnan, Joel Ignacio, Linda Hlady, Stacey Sharman, Terri Carpenter, Patricia Smith, Kristen Takakuwa

Invitation Design by Kim Andersson

Roderick Kiracofe and Ben Venom at Stitch Modern

Well, a few weeks back we were treated to am amazing slide show presentation by artist Ben Venom, who “juxtaposes traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society” and whose “work can be described as opposing forces colliding at lightening speed”. I have to quote his website since I cannot describe it sufficiently myself.  He is an amazing energetic presenter and we were all entranced and invigorated. Unfortunately I have no pictures!  So you are going to have to click on the image below to get to his website. This is something else.  Color me inspired.

Ben Venom, photo by Margo Moritz

Ben Venom, photo by Margo Moritz

After Ben, we changed courses and were treated to a viewing of a stream of quilts from Roderick Kiracofe’s collection while he discussed them.  I got a photos of a few of them to share with you.  Amazing. Most of them were from quilter unknown, from many a decade gone by. They were priceless and Roderick’s passion for his quilt finds was palpable, as was the audience’s response! Pretty exciting to meet him and pretty scary that I know now one could actually COLLECT quilts. Oh, no, hold me back!

Roderick Kiracofe is an art and quilt collector, accomplished author, curator, and consultant. A good summary of his books and accomplishments can be found HERE (why reinvent the wheel!)  Truly a joy to see some of his collection and hear the stories behind them. Several are going to be in his new book Unconventional and Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000, Abrams, Autumn 2014.  Currently available by Roderick on Blurb are Quilts and Quilts 2, and on his Amazon page one can find a number his books including the amazing and well-known The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort 1750-1950 and Cloth & Comfort: Pieces of Women’s Lives from Their Quilts and Diaries.

Without further ado, take a gander at some of these finds of Rodney Kiracofe. Apologies for my less than stellar photography due to viewing circumstances, but still well worth a look I think.

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

quilt top back From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

quilt top back From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Next up at The Plaid Portico will be curated coverage of the big show of the East bay Heritage Quilt Guild, and a project round-up for Pop Rox which is just starting to hit stores now.

Sherri Lynn Wood Improv Round Robin

What a fun day we had the last day of the Stitch Modern 0214 show, having an improv quilting workshop with Sherri Lynn Wood in the middle of the exhibition space.  Techniques were taught, but mostly this was about taking ourselves to places we would never go, working on each other’s quilts, collaborative quilting. We worked fast, and mostly silently, without rulers even.  Fears melted away, instinct took over.  One could not have replicated this experience alone in one’s own studio.  Don’t want to give it all away in case one of these comes to an area near you, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Sherri Lynn Wood kicking off the workshop

Sherri Lynn Wood kicking off the workshop

We took over the whole main room of the Stitch Modern Exhibition!

We took over the whole main room of the Stitch Modern Exhibition!

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As the day came to an end our improv quilts started getting a bit bigger, and one could find many a quilter laying the quilt they just got passed out on the floor and contemplating how to continue the quilting conversation.IMG_2264

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And in the end, we went outside on a beautiful day and all looked at our work product. We could each see our hand in several quilts!  It was amazing how they all turned out. With all that spontaneity and miss-mash of fabrics, some interesting compositions emerged.  But no mistake about it, this was about process, and the experience of it all, though we all still did get a mini quilt top to take home with us…:)

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And even more quilts from Stitch Modern

Ahh, so sad to say Stitch Modern ends tomorrow, and I feel like I should finish the coverage of the quilts at the show before we take it down. I was gallery sitting yesterday and there were many comments about how this show even surpassed the last. Good news about that is that people are coming back.  It is the third annual show.  One last workshop tomorrow before we take it down–a Round Robin Improv with Sherri Lynn Wood. Yes, I am going. Yes, I am excited. Yes, I will attempt to cover it here later this week. Ta ta for now!

Go Figure by Kristen Hosemann

Go Figure by Kristen Hosemann

Go Figure by Kristen Hosemann

Go Figure by Kristen Hosemann

back of Go Figure by Kristen Hosemann

back of Go Figure by Kristen Hosemann

Color Study by Pati Fried

Color Study by Pati Fried

Color Study by Pati Fried

Color Study by Pati Fried

Nanay's Stars by Joel Ignacio

Nanay’s Stars by Joel Ignacio of Joey’s Planting

Nanay's Stars by Joel Ignacio

Nanay’s Stars by Joel Ignacio of Joey’s Planting

Hanging Jewels by Pati Fried

Hanging Jewels by Pati Fried

Hanging Jewels by Pati Fried

Hanging Jewels by Pati Fried

Simple Math by Terri Carpenter

Simple Math by Terri Carpenter of The Quilted Fox

Simple Math by Terri Carpenter

Simple Math by Terri Carpenter of The Quilted Fox

Dia de los Muertos by Lauren Hungler

Dia de los Muertos by Lauren Hungler of I Want To Cut You

Dia de los Muertos by Lauren Hungler

Dia de los Muertos by Lauren Hungler of I Want To Cut You

Cartography Quilt: Sacramento and Surrounds by Adrienne St. John

Cartography Quilt: Sacramento and Surrounds by Adrienne St. John

Cartography Quilt: Sacramento and Surrounds by Adrienne St. John

Cartography Quilt: Sacramento and Surrounds by Adrienne St. John

Basket Weave by Pam Rocco

Basket Weave by Pam Rocco

Basket Weave by Pam Rocco

Basket Weave by Pam Rocco

Brick 36 by Lynda Pires

Brick 36 by Lynda Pires

Brick 36 by Lynda Pires

Brick 36 by Lynda Pires

Sugar Pop quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Sugar Pop quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Sugar Pop quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Sugar Pop quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Good Bye Stitch Modern…til next year!!!

Stitch Modern 2014

Stitch Modern 2014

Stitch Modern 2014

Stitch Modern 2014

Stitch Modern 2014

Stitch Modern 2014

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Stitch Modern 2014

Stitch Modern 2014

Stitch Modern 2014

Stitch Modern 2014

Stitch Modern 2014

Stitch Modern 2014

Stitch Modern 2014

Stitch Modern 2014

More Quilts from Stitch Modern 2014

And here we go for more of the quilts of Stitch Modern 2014 quilt show put on by the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild.  There will be one more post after this one with the rest of the quilts and definitely last but not least!

Exploding Diamonds by Margaret Glendening

Exploding Diamonds by Margaret Glendening

Exploding Diamonds by Margaret Glendening

Exploding Diamonds by Margaret Glendening

Rainbow Cloud Quilt by Sherri Lynn Wood

Rainbow Cloud Quilt by Sherri Lynn Wood

Rainbow Cloud Quilt by Sherri Lynn Wood

Rainbow Cloud Quilt by Sherri Lynn Wood

Double Disappearing Nine Patch by Kim Andersson

Double Disappearing Nine Patch by Kim Andersson of i adore pattern

Double Disappearing Nine Patch by Kim Andersson

Double Disappearing Nine Patch by Kim Andersson of i adore pattern

Midnight in the City by Ann Haley

Midnight in the City by Ann Haley

Midnight in the City by Ann Haley

Midnight in the City by Ann Haley

Finding the Music by Claire Sherman

Finding the Music by Claire Sherman

Finding the Music by Claire Sherman

Finding the Music by Claire Sherman

A Little Sunshine by Dan Rouse

A Little Sunshine by Dan Rouse of Piece and Press

A Little Sunshine by Dan Rouse

A Little Sunshine by Dan Rouse of Piece and Press

Rhett's Baby Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Rhett’s Baby Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Rhett's Baby Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Rhett’s Baby Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Spare Change by Tina Machalik

Spare Change by Tina Machalik

Spare Change by Tina Machalik

Spare Change by Tina Machalik

Where the West Wind Blows by Anna Carloni

Where the West Wind Blows by Anna Carloni

Undertow by Anna Carloni

Undertow by Anna Carloni

The Quilts of Stitch Modern

Stitch Modern 2014, the 3rd annual quilt show of the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild is on again at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, with a packed agenda of events (til Feb 23rd!) and of course all new quilts to gawk at!  Here are the first batch I’ll share with you now. More to come…

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Red Cross by Christine Mccargar

Red Cross by Christine McCargar

Red Cross by Christine Mccargar

Red Cross by Christine McCargar

Alexandra's Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Alexandra’s Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Alexandra's Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Alexandra’s Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Pictures in My Head by Birgit Hottenrott

Pictures in My Head by Birgit Hottenrott

Pictures in My Head by Birgit Hottenrott

Pictures in My Head by Birgit Hottenrott

Flirty Pieces by Valerie Gibbons

Flirty Pieces by Valerie Gibbons

Flirty Pieces by Valerie Gibbons

Flirty Pieces by Valerie Gibbons

Opposing Forces by Terri Carpenter

Opposing Forces by Terri Carpenter of The Quilted Fox

Opposing Forces by Terri Carpenter

Opposing Forces by Terri Carpenter of The Quilted Fox

Grammie's Garden by Kristen Takakuwa

Grammie’s Garden by Kristen Takakuwa

Grammie's Garden by Kristen Takakuwa

Grammie’s Garden by Kristen Takakuwa

Interweave by Sue Fox

Interweave by Sue Fox

Interweave by Sue Fox

Interweave by Sue Fox

Field of Poppies by Cathy Roha

Field of Poppies by Cathy Roha

Poppy Patch for Two by Cathy Roha

Poppy Patch for Two by Cathy Roha

Untitled, Improv Blocks by Shannon Storms

Untitled, Improv Blocks by Shannon Storms

Untitled, Improv Blocks by Shannon Storms

Untitled, Improv Blocks by Shannon Storms

Improvisational quilting with Sherri Lynn Wood

As part of the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild‘s show, Stitch Modern, they had a number of special events. One was a panel discussion on fabric design which I got to participate in which I enjoyed thoroughly, particularly meeting the other designers and sharing notes.  But I have to say the highlight of the whole show, AFTER seeing all the great quilts, was the talk I went to by Sherri Lynn Wood.

As you may know, I am now dipping my hand into quilting, just for the fun and art of it, and I really connect with many of the modern quilts I am seeing out there, and I really like the improvisational quilting style in particular.  I don’t really want to make quilts that look like someone else’s or follow a specific tradition or direction.  In my work, I design all the time for the commercial market, so when I sew I want to sew what I want to sew. Period. So hearing Sherri Lynn Woods speak about the improvisational process was just what I needed to really dig into the improv quilt I had started and make it happen. And I did finish it shortly after.  ….Ahem…. except the binding, but I will post when it is all finished.

Another very cool thing that Sherri talked about was Passage Quilts.   She works with people ” through collaboration, consultation and commission to make improvised quilts from the clothing and materials from everyday life”.  Love this concept. Hits me right in that spot. And she showed us one she made for her mother, Linda Susan Wood (1943-2003) which she describes as a “passage, bereavement, memorial quilt made from my mother’s casual clothes, Sunday dresses, bathing suit, robes and the dress she wore to my wedding”

Sherri is SUCH a good speaker, highly recommend if you get a chance. With a long resume of exhibitions, artist residencies and workshops, and with masters in both fine art and theology, she has a lot to share. Here are a few shots of the quilts she shared that day, but you might want to check out her site, daintytime.net for more!

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Linda Susan Wood (1943-2003) Passage Quilt by Sherri Lynn Wood, 2006, 73″ W X 75″ L

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Color Study 305 by Sherri Lynn Wood, 2008

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RGB Modern by Sherri Lynn Wood

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detail of RGB Modern by Sherri Lynn Wood

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Negative Space by Sherri Lynn Wood 2012

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Modern Improv Wool Log Cabin, By Sherri Lynn Wood, 2011, 90″x84″